Famed for her mystical chanteuse image, singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks enjoyed phenomenal success not only as a solo artist but also as a key member of Fleetwood Mac. Stephanie Lynn Nicks was born May 26, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona; the granddaughter of a frustrated country singer, she began performing at the age of four, and occasionally sang at the tavern owned by her parents. Nicks started writing songs in her mid-teens, and joined her first group, the Changing Times, while attending high school in California.
During her senior year, Nicks met fellow student Lindsey Buckingham, with whom she formed the band, Fritz, along with friends Javier Pacheco and Calvin Roper. Between 1968 and 1971, the group became a popular attraction on the West Coast music scene, opening for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Ultimately, tensions arose over the amount of attention paid by fans to Nicks’ pouty allure. After three years Fritz disbanded, however, Buckingham remained her partner.
After moving to Los Angeles, the duo recorded their 1973 debut LP, Buckingham-Nicks. Despite a cover which featured the couple nude, the album flopped; however, it caught the attention of the members of Fleetwood Mac, who invited Buckingham and Nicks to join their ranks in 1974. In quick time, the revitalized group achieved unparalleled success: after the LP Fleetwood Mac topped the charts in 1975, they recorded 1977’s Rumours, which sold over 17 million copies and stood for several years as the best-selling album of all-time.
Major hit singles like “Dreams” and “Rhiannon” made Nicks a focal point of Fleetwood Mac, and in 1981 she took time off from the group to record her solo debut, Bella Donna, which hit Number One on the strength of the Top 20 hits “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (a duet with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), “Leather and Lace” (a duet with Don Henley) and “Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove”). After a return to Fleetwood Mac for the 1982 album Mirage (which featured her hit “Gypsy”), Nicks released her second solo effort, The Wild Heart, highlighted by the Top Five smash “Stand Back”. Rock a Little, which featured the single “Talk to Me”, followed in 1985.
After a long hiatus (during which time Nicks was treated for a chemical dependency problem), Fleetwood Mac reunited for the album Tango in the Night; The Other Side of the Mirror, Nicks’ first solo record in four years, followed in 1989. After a series of line-up changes and dropping sales figures, she left Fleetwood Mac in 1993, and issued Street Angel a year later. In 1997, she rejoined the reunited Fleetwood Mac on tour and on the album, The Dance. In 1998 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed together a final time. She released a gold boxed set, Enchanted, in 1998 and supported it with a US tour. The tour sold out and Nicks was back on top.
In 2001, Nicks reclaimed much commercial and critical success with her solo album Trouble in Shangri-La, which hit number five on the Billboard 200, and was her highest charting album since 1983’s The Wild Heart. The album went gold and has sold upwards of 650,000 copies. A second greatest hits album from Fleetwood Mac was released in 2002 and quickly hit the Top 20 and became yet another platinum smash. Ultimately, this was followed by a studio album with John McVie, Buckingham, and Fleetwood (Christine McVie had retired from the road and the group), their first original album in 16 years. Say You Will was released in 2003, to platinum sales and positive reviews. Their tour of America, Europe and Australia ended in September 2004.
Ranked number fourteen on VH1’s list of the most influential female artists in music history, Stevie Nicks says she has no regrets, and now looks at the world with wiser eyes . . . focusing only on what destiny holds for her in the future.
Her songs—those melodies, that foggy, headstrong voice—play on and on, woven into pop music’s genetic code. You’ll never get away from the sound of the woman who wrote them.
In Your Dreams (2011) is Nicks’ first CD of new material since the release of her Grammy-nominated Trouble in Shangri-La ten years ago. In Your Dreams was written and recorded at Nicks’ Los Angeles home and is co-produced by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Nicks and Stewart co-wrote seven of the album’s thirteen songs.
“I had written a song in Brisbane, Australia when I was on tour with Fleetwood Mac in 2009 called ‘Moonlight - A Vampire’s Dream’ which was inspired by the New Moon film. When I finished writing that song, which came together really quickly, I knew the time was right to start recording. We had a core group of five people who were at the heart of the creation of In Your Dreams. Dave and myself, my longtime friend and musical director, Waddy Wachtel, and my girls, Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks. It was a perfect blend,”commented Nicks. “This was one of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve had making a record. It is the first album that I have had this kind of collaboration since the making of Rumours. Dave created a situation where I could be totally creative and focused on writing songs and making music. I cannot remember ever having this much fun making a record. Writing the songs and recording them in my home studio was the key element in how this music turned out. It made the whole process seem very similar to how we used to work back in the day,” she concluded.
The first single is “Secret Love” written by Nicks. “It was 1976 and Fleetwood Mac was opening for Peter Frampton at the time. It was written about a forbidden relationship - not Peter and I,” laughed Nicks. “I always knew that one day I was going to record the song.”
Nicks joins forces with fellow rocker Rod Stewart for the 16-city Heart & Soul Tour, one of the most anticipated music events of the year.